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today’s birthday: George Bernard Shaw (1856)


George Bernard Shaw (1856)

Shaw was an Irish playwright and critic who revolutionized the Victorian stage, authoring more than 60 plays, including Man and Superman and Pygmalion, his comedic masterpiece. Nearly all of his works mix a vein of comedy with stern social commentary—on subjects including education, marriage, religion, government, and class privilege. Shaw was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 and is the only person to have received both it and what other award? More… Discuss

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Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite, Åse’s Death | Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Otto Tausk: great compositions/performances


Edvard GriegPeer Gynt Suite, Åse’s Death | Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Otto Tausk (2/4)

quotation: You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw


You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

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quotation: Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days? George Bernard Shaw


Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

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QUOTATION: Andrew Lang


A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself.

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QUOTATION: George Bernard Shaw


Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.

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QUOTATION: George Bernard Shaw (Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.)


Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: FOUNDING OF THE FABIAN SOCIETY (1884)


Founding of the Fabian Society (1884)

The Fabian Society was formed in 1884 with the goal of establishing a democratic socialist state in Britain. The society’s name derived from Roman commander and statesman Fabius Maximus Cunctator, whose military tactics led to victory over stronger forces. Important early members of the Fabian Society included playwright George Bernard Shaw and sociologist Sidney Webb. In 1906, the group helped organize a separate party that became the Labour Party. Why is the Fabian Society’s symbol a tortoise? More… Discuss

Quotation: George Bernard Shaw about governing Peter and Paul


A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

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Quotation: George Bernard Shaw action and interprtation


When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.

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Quotation: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) on Poverty


Poverty doesn’t bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.

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Quotation: George Bernard Shaw on Brahms Requiem


There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

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Brahms Requiem, How Lovely is thy dwelling place, Exultate Festival Choir

This well known anthem is performed by the Exultate Festival Choir & Orchestra, Dr. Thomas Rossin, Conducting. Taken from live performances spring of 2009.

 

Today’s Quotation: George Bernard Shaw


You think that you are Ann’s suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked-down quarry, the destined prey.

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